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"*"  = New
"+"  = Change
"-"  = Fix

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 release candidate 2:

New :

  * New IPTV color-highlighting for the playing channel and program
    (on channels that support archive playback). You can tweak the
    colors in the options dialog.

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to hide outdated archive
    channel EPG entries that are too old to stream.

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) that specifies the
    default Playlist Load / Save folder. If nothing is specified, the standard
    windows supplied path is used.

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) that controls whether
    Zoom Player should ask you for a confirmation when you clear the playlist.

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) to control whether text that
    has no room to display fully starts scrolling. Currently this only
    applies to the main window's title text.

Change :

  + The IPTV EPG files are now loaded and parsed in a background thread. This
    means that the interface should open quickly and you can close it even
    before the EPG data is finished parsing so the entire interface should
    feel faster.

    This change should also fix issues caused when Windows thinks Zoom Player's
    window has become unresponsive while parsing EPG data (for example, on some
    systems I got reports that the IPTV window would lose it's "on top" value).

Fixes :

  - Trying to play a video with an external audio track, for example:
    "myvideo.mkv" and "myvideo.mp3" in the same folder with the "Load External
    Audio tracks" setting enabled, resulted in a lot of instability.
    I rewrote the whole interface and now it's much more stable. Please note
    that this feature also requires Zoom Player's DSP filter to be enabled
    (Adv. Options / Playback / Audio - Enable Internal DSP Filter).

  - The Playlist Editor's "Load Playlist" feature accidentally listed media
    files instead of playlists by default.

  - The Folder Browser dialog should no longer appear partially off-screen or
    hidden by the task bar.

  - Fixed an IPTV EPG Filtering issue where entering a value into the
    filter box and then switching to another channel would make it impossible
    to clear the filtering value.

  - Under some conditions, the play history fullscreen navigation interface
    could show a value of "00:00:-1" for the last play position.

  - When using a non-default font, the play history last play position could
    mess with the alignment of the file/url.

  - IPTV Logo caching from EPG files did not work properly for some entries
    based solely on channel name.

  - Playing too many broken URLs or files is sequence could have resulted in
    play history entries being generated even though nothing was played.

  - Reduced the chances of showing IPTV EPG information for the wrong channel
    when using badly crafted playlist or EPG sources.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 release candidate 1:

New :

  * Opening the IPTV interface for the first time now offers you the option
    to automatically download free, child-friendly, publicly available IPTV
    channels from around the world through the Free-TV project:

  * Using the "Play Stream" button on the IPTV interface will no longer try
    to play an EPG program and will always try to play the channel live.

  * New "Play Program" button on the IPTV interface. The "Play Program"
    button is used to play archived IPTV programs. If the channel does not
    support archive playback or if the selected program is no longer
    (or not yet) archived, the "Play Program" button will remain disabled.

  * New "Add Free Channels" button (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) that
    adds free, child-friendly, publicly available IPTV channels from around
    the world through the Free-TV project.

  * You can now control outdated EPG programs background colors
    (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV), making it easier to distinguish
    which programs have already aired.

  * Support for more IPTV Archive playback schemes (including "Flussonic").

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to specify the symbol
    used to highlight archive channels in the IPTV stream list.

Fixes :

  - No longer marking IPTV channels as archive if their "catchup-days"
    value is "0".

  - The Playlist Editor's search box did not support unicode characters.

  - You can now use Ctrl+V to paste Unicode text into the Playlist Editor's
    search box (including special characters such as Emoji).

  - Fixed a bug that could cause Zoom Player to freeze when trying to
    play YouTube URLs containing a space character after the URL.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 10:

New :

  * Support for IPTV Archive playback. For channels that support it, 
    double-click the program to start playing it. You can easily identify
    Archive supporting channels by the icon next to their name.

    There are multiple implementations of IPTV Archive support and I did
    my best to make sure all were covered, but if something is not working
    as intended, let me know on Zoom Player's sub-reddit.

  * New IPTV Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) that clears the
    playlist before streaming. This setting is enabled by default, 
    disabling it adds the channel to the playlist and play it without
    clearing the playlist.

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Playlist) to prevent embedded
    playlists (playlist files within playlist files) from loading when
    Zoom Player loads a playlist. This setting is enabled by default as
    embedded playlist can lead to unfortunate infinite-loops cases and
    other stability problems.

Change :

  + Playing media from the Advanced Playlist Control now ensures the newly
    played item is visible in the Playlist Editor.

  + I Didn't like the behavior of the new setting (enabled by default)
    that automatically hide the control bar when clicking the video area.
    What annoyed me was that it was canceling my action, so if I wanted
    to pause the video, it would ignore the pause action and just hide
    the control bar. Now I adjusted this feature to hide the control bar
    and not block the intended action.

Fixes :

  - Fixed a bug that caused the IPTV caches to get wiped clear when Zoom
    Player was pruning the media library thumbnail and meta-data cache.

  - Playing an entry from the Advanced Playlist Control interface no longer
    loses the entry's selection.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 9:

New :

  * Added a clock to the top of the IPTV's Electronic Program Guide section.

  * Added a button to clear the IPTV channel logo cache (Adv. Options /
    Playback / IPTV). Clearing the logo cache forces Zoom Player to
    re-download the channel icons.

Change :

  + If an IPTV channel doesn't have a logo or ID in the M3U playlist file,
    Zoom Player now tries to use an icon from the EPG XML file based
    on the channel name (or partial name) and caches the logo so it shows
    even if you keep the EPG panel closed.

  + IPTV Stream Channel -> EPG matching by Channel name (when a Channel ID
    is not present) now works when the EPG contains multiple channel names
    for the same channel.

  + IPTV Stream Channel -> EPG matching by Channel name (when a Channel ID
    is not present) now matches even if there is an uppercase/lowercase
    mismatch in the name or the EPG contains only a partial name.

  + IPTV Stream Channel -> EPG matching by Channel name is now automatic if
    no EPG data was found using the Channel's ID.
  + The IPTV section of the options dialog is now a lot more informative
    with regards to the Playlist/EPG download status (or failure).

  + Closing and re-opening the IPTV interface will now maintain the
    EPG listing.

Fixes :

  - Refreshing the IPTV list after a new Playlist or EPG finished downloading
    should now maintain open groups and EPG listing.

  - Fixed a bug that prevented some IPTV channel logo from saving properly
    and may have even caused the wrong icon to show up for some channels.

  - The IPTV Stream list did not display correctly if specifying a DPI value
    higher than 100% in Zoom Player's options.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 8:

New :

  * New Wakeup on LAN feature (Adv. Options / System) that allows you to
    turn on PCs. This feature is extremely useful when using NAS (Network
    Attached Storage) devices as your source for the media and you only
    want to turn them on when using Zoom Player.

    With this new feature, you can specify multiple MAC addresses to wake
    several PCs and you can trigger the wake-up action with a choice of
    conditions such as:
    1. When starting Zoom Player
    2. When opening the Media Library
    3. When opening the File Navigator

    If there are other use-cases where you would want Zoom Player to
    wake-up remote PCs, let me know.

  * New button on the IPTV Interface to toggle 50% window transparency.

  * New IPTV setting to merge duplicate channels. This can be useful
    if you're using multiple EPG files/links that contain EPG info
    on the same channel.

  * New IPTV setting (enabled by default) to keep the IPTV interface
    window on top of other windows and applications while Zoom Player
    is in fullscreen mode.
  * New IPTV setting to control the screen ratio between the stream list
    and the EPG. The default value is 1:1.5 (Making the EPG 150% wider
    than the stream list).

  * If an IPTV channel doesn't have a logo in the M3U playlist file,
    Zoom Player now tries to use an icon from the EPG XML file and
    caches the logo so it shows even if you keep the EPG panel closed.

Change :

  + To prevent distracting confirmation messages popping up, the IPTV
    interface no longer prompts you to update the list once an IPTV M3U
    playlist or XML EPG finished downloading, instead it will enable a
    refresh button which you can click at your leisure.

  + Enhanced IPTV stream list keyboard navigation.

  + When opening the IPTV interface with the EPG hidden, the EPG data will
    not load until the EPG section is opened which results in the IPTV
    interface becoming accessible faster.

  + When loading IPTV playlists, if a channel does not contain ID
    information, Zoom Player will try to match EPG entries based on
    the channel name instead.

  + IPTV channel logos should appear faster if there are broken links in
    the M3U playlist file.

  + Closing and opening the IPTV interface window now restores the previously
    opened group layout.

Fixes :

  - Resizing the IPTV interface window could leave trails on screen until
    the stream list was scrolled.

  - Right clicking a history entry and selecting "copy" in the playback
    history interface returned a jumble result when copying links.

  - The scroll bar on the description section of the IPTV program information
    dialog accessible by right-clicking an EPG program did not show/hide
    properly based on the window size.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 7:

New :

  * You can now easily multiply Zoom Player's windowed skin resolution
    from the skin selection dialog (press "N" to open) to better match
    Zoom Player's skin to your monitor's resolution.

  * You can now time-shift IPTV channels in the EPG by right-clicking an
    EPG entry.

  * New IPTV Safe mode setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) that
    blocks access to Hiding Groups, Adding/Modifying favorites and
    EPG Time Shifting.

Change :

  + Zoom Player will load slightly faster when using a multiplied
    resolution skin.

  + Zoom Player's title text now scrolls if there is no room to show
    the entire text.

Fixes :

  - Filtering the media library by Genre stopped working.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 6:

New :

  * This feature has been requested by many. The ability to scale
    Zoom Player's skinned windows to make them easier to use on
    4K and 8K displays:
    New Setting (Adv. Options / System) that allows you to resize
    the current windowed skin by 200-800%. Please note that this
    setting may not work well with some older Zoom Player skins.

  * New button added to the IPTV interface that allows you to toggle
    the EPG display on and off.

  * New IPTV setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to hide old EPG
    entries (programs that have already aired).

  * New Search feature in the media library category editor.

Change :

  + Redesigned the media library category editor layout. Hopefully it's
    clearer and easier to work with.

  + Pressing ESC with the player window in focus now closes the IPTV
    interface window.

  + Pressing ESC now closes the "Patterns" interface instead of having
    to cycle through every pattern.

Fixes :

  - You can no longer set an IPTV program start notification or switching
    to the live stream if the EPG entry is older than the current time
    (has already finished airing).

  - The IPTV notification message before a program starts will now remain
    visible for several more seconds.

  - Loading M3U playlists containing links to other M3U playlists, no
    longer tries to insert the embedded playlists as part of the loaded
    playlists, which can cause many unforeseen issues.

  - Loading some M3U playlists in the playlist editor did not always show
    the media's title.

  - Opening a stream from the IPTV interface in fullscreen mode would hide
    the IPTV interface in the background behind the video window.

  - Under some conditions, the "Add Folder to Category" and "Remove Folder"
    buttons in the media library category editor were enabled for Plugin
    based categories which would have allowed you to mess up these categories
    if you were not careful.

  - When adding a new plugin based Media Library category, you can no
    longer add duplicate entries even after renaming the category.

  - In the media library category editor, you could press the "Remove Folder"
    button when selecting the "Folders:" entry instead of an actual folder.

  - Trying to use Ctrl+V to paste a search term into the playlist editor's
    search field would result in "????" when trying to paste unicode
    characters or emoji.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 5:

New :

  * You can now select IPTV streams as favorites and they automatically
    show up under a "Favorites" group at the start of the stream list.

    You can right click a favorite stream to re-arrange or sort your
    favorites list or simply remove the stream from the favorites section.

  * You can now hide IPTV groups from being listed by right-clicking the
    group and selecting "Hide Group" or through the options dialog.

  * Right-clicking an IPTV EPG entry will now show the program's description
    and allow you to set a notification to remind you that the program is
    about to start as well as specify that you want to automatically switch
    to the program's stream in due time.

    Notifications are remembered even if you close and re-open Zoom Player,
    but they will not activate if Zoom Player is not running.

  * New Hidden IPTV Group controls (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV).

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / Control Bar / Timeline Area)
    that allows you to control whether the timeline displays the current
    playlist track number.

    You can also toggle this setting through the control bar menu by
    right-clicking the timeline with nothing playing (or middle-clicking
    if something is playing).

  * The Advanced Playlist Control interface is now accessible through the
    right-click menu under the "Open Interface" section.

Change :

  + Optimized EPG parsing, improving load time by 5-15%.

  + The playlist editor's search feature has been enhanced to support
    repeated search. Simply press Enter to cycle between all entries that
    contain the searched term.

  + The Station Manager window now has an "X" in the corner to close the
    window (previously you had to click the "close" button).

Fixes :

  - The Media Libary's category editor's "Playlist" category option did
    not display categories correctly if they had certain unicode characters
    in the name (e.g. Emojis).	

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 4:

New :

  * The IPTV auto-updating EPG and Stream List downloads can now handle
    ".zip" and ".gz" archive URLs (e.g. "https://website.com/epg.zip").

  * New Filter EPG feature on the IPTV interface.

  * New IPTV setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) that controls the
    EPG font size.

  * New IPTV setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to control whether
    the EPG filter checks program description or only the program's title.

  * New "Custom Action" button on the main window (near the top-left) that
    allows you to set any standard Zoom Player function to the button.
    By default this button opens the new IPTV interface.

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Interface) that allows you to assign a
    function to the new "Custom Action" button.

Fixes :

  - The IPTV interface should feel a bit smoother (less flickering).

  - In the media library's category editor, specifying a category name
    containing unicode characters would not highlight the entry in
    the category list after clicking.

  - Media Title containing certain unicode characters (e.g. emoji) did
    not show when loading some playlist formats (m3u, asx, b4s, wpl).

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 3:

New :

  * The IPTV interface now supports automatically downloading stream lists
    and electronic program guide URLs every specified number of days.

  * IPTV Stream icons are now downloaded automatically.

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) allowing you to control the
    Stream's icon size.

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) allowing you to control
    whether the Stream's text is resized along with the icon size.

  * New Setting (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to ignore grouping and just
    display the entire stream list.

  * New Settings (Adv. Options / Playback / IPTV) to customize the IPTV
    interface with your own color scheme.

Change :

  + If an IPTV stream list contains mixed information with some streams
    lacking a group specification, all such streams will now show under
    an "Unspecified" group. If only one or no groups are specified,
    grouping is disabled automatically.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 2:

New :

  * A completely new IPTV (streaming live TV and VOD) interface (Adv. Options
    / Playback / IPTV) with support for EPG (Electronic Program Guide),
    Channel Grouping and many customization options.
    Some features (icons, automated EPG/M3U downloads, etc) are still a work
    in progress and are not part of this beta.

  * New setting (enabled by default) to automatically hide the control bar
    when clicking the video area, making it much easier to quickly hide
    the control bar.

  * You can now edit the last play time and date directly from the media
    library meta-data editor.

Fixes :

  - Using unicode characters in the ISO Auto-Mount command would not save
    the path properly after restarting Zoom Player.

  - The Advanced Options "System Sounds" and "Audio" sections did not scroll
    smoothly when using the scroll bar.

--- What's new in Zoom Player v18 beta 1:

New :

  * Two new settings (Adv. Options / Interface / Fullscreen Navigation /
    Customization) that allow you to override the poster image and backdrop
    for Movies and TV show categories.

    The backdrop setting is an easy override, just place a "backdrop.jpg" or
    "fanart.jpg" in the same folder and Zoom Player will use it automatically.

    Updating a movie poster image requires you enable the "Do not use scraped
    image as thumbnail / backdrop" setting for each of the media library's TV
    or Movie categories, otherwise the poster image will still use the scraped
    image (due to image-caching maintaining a copy of the old image) and then
    re-scrape the movie folder.

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